Acts 15:21
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New International Version
For the law of Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath."

New Living Translation
For these laws of Moses have been preached in Jewish synagogues in every city on every Sabbath for many generations."

English Standard Version
For from ancient generations Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues.”

New American Standard Bible
"For Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath."

King James Bible
For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For since ancient times, Moses has had those who proclaim him in every city, and every Sabbath day he is read aloud in the synagogues."

International Standard Version
After all, Moses has had people to proclaim him in every city for generations, and on every Sabbath his books are read aloud in the synagogues."

NET Bible
For Moses has had those who proclaim him in every town from ancient times, because he is read aloud in the synagogues every Sabbath."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For from the first ages there have been preachers for Moses who read him on every Sabbath in every town in the synagogues.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After all, Moses' words have been spread to every city for generations. His teachings are read in synagogues on every day of worship."

Jubilee Bible 2000
For Moses of old time has in every city those that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.

King James 2000 Bible
For Moses of old time has in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.

American King James Version
For Moses of old time has in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.

American Standard Version
For Moses from generations of old hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him in the synagogues, where he is read every sabbath.

Darby Bible Translation
For Moses, from generations of old, has in every city those who preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath.

English Revised Version
For Moses from generations of old hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath.

Webster's Bible Translation
For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath.

Weymouth New Testament
For Moses from the earliest times has had his preachers in every town, being read, as he is, Sabbath after Sabbath, in the various synagogues."

World English Bible
For Moses from generations of old has in every city those who preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath."

Young's Literal Translation
for Moses from former generations in every city hath those preaching him -- in the synagogues every sabbath being read.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:7-21 We see from the words purifying their hearts by faith, and the address of St. Peter, that justification by faith, and sanctification by the Holy Ghost, cannot be separated; and that both are the gift of God. We have great cause to bless God that we have heard the gospel. May we have that faith which the great Searcher of hearts approves, and attests by the seal of the Holy Spirit. Then our hearts and consciences will be purified from the guilt of sin, and we shall be freed from the burdens some try to lay upon the disciples of Christ. Paul and Barnabas showed by plain matters of fact, that God owned the preaching of the pure gospel to the Gentiles without the law of Moses; therefore to press that law upon them, was to undo what God had done. The opinion of James was, that the Gentile converts ought not to be troubled about Jewish rites, but that they should abstain from meats offered to idols, so that they might show their hatred of idolatry. Also, that they should be cautioned against fornication, which was not abhorred by the Gentiles as it should be, and even formed a part of some of their rites. They were counselled to abstain from things strangled, and from eating blood; this was forbidden by the law of Moses, and also here, from reverence to the blood of the sacrifices, which being then still offered, it would needlessly grieve the Jewish converts, and further prejudice the unconverted Jews. But as the reason has long ceased, we are left free in this, as in the like matters. Let converts be warned to avoid all appearances of the evils which they formerly practised, or are likely to be tempted to; and caution them to use Christian liberty with moderation and prudence.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - From generations of old for of old time, A.V.; sabbath for sabbath day, A.V. The meaning of this verse seems to be that, in requiring the above compliances, the council was not enjoining anything new or strange, because the Gentiles who attended the synagogues were familiar with these Mosaic doctrines. It has been often stated that these four prohibitions were in substance the same as the so-called seven precepts of Noah, which were binding upon proselytes of the gate. This is, however, scarcely borne out by the facts. The four prohibitions seem to have been a temporary arrangement adapted to the then condition of the Church, with a view to enabling Christian Jews and Gentiles to live in brotherly fellowship. The Jew was not to require more of his Gentile brother: the Gentile was not to concede less to his Jewish brother. St. Augustine ('Cont. Manich.,' 32, 13), quoted by Meyer, ridicules the idea of Christians in his time being bound by the law of things strangled (see Hooker and Bishop Sanderson, quoted by Wordsworth, in the same sense).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him,.... That is, for many years past, even from the times of Ezra, the law of Moses has been publicly expounded by them, whom the Jews call Derashim, preachers, or expounders, in every city where there was a synagogue; and every city belonging to the Jews, were obliged to build a synagogue, yea, they were obliged to do it where there were but ten Israelites (n): this is given by James as a reason why the Gentiles should be wrote unto concerning the above things; because that they hearing the law read and expounded every week, would be ready to conclude that they were obliged to submit unto it, as to circumcision, and other things; unless they were told that they were free from it; only in order to maintain peace with their brethren the Jews, it would be necessary for them to abstain from the above things: and it may also carry in it a reason, why the Jews need not be wrote unto, and why they had no reason to complain for thus writing to the Gentiles; since they had the law read and explained to them every week, and there would be no attempt to make any alteration in that form of service:

being read in the synagogues every sabbath day; See Gill on Acts 13:15.

(n) Maimon. Tephilla, c. 11. sect. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21. For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him … every sabbath day—thus keeping alive in every Jew those feelings which such practices would shock, and which, therefore, the Gentile converts must carefully respect if the oneness of both classes in Christ was to be practically preserved. The wisdom of these suggestions commended itself to all present.

Acts 15:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Council at Jerusalem
20but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood. 21"For Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath."
Cross References
Luke 16:29
"Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.'

Acts 13:15
After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent word to them, saying, "Brothers, if you have a word of exhortation for the people, please speak."

2 Corinthians 3:14
But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away.
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